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Happy Birthday Bob!

BBC Radio 2 Celebrates Bob Harris's 70th Birthday

Our very own ‘Whispering Bob’ turns 70 today and this weekend some very special guests came together on his show to wish him all the best for his big day.

With a career that has spanned over 50 years, we take a look at the man, his music and his fashion sense…

Over the years, Bob has been known for many things...

From presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1970s and 1980s - which has included some rather fetching sartorial gems...
Who remembers this number?

To presenting awards to famous people at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards...

Bob with Senegalese musician Youssou D'Dour.

...And helping to bring country music to a wider British audience

Bob with Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert at the C2C Country 2 Country festival, London.

He has even played his part in shining the light on UK country music artists such as Ward Thomas and The Shires ...

So it's no surprise that Bob would be getting birthday greetings from far and wide...

Brian May sends Birthday Greetings

Brian May remembers early support from Bob on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Like friends and musicians from the worlds of folk, rock, pop and country music...

Bob's Birthday Greetings montage

So many friends sent lovely messages, here's a taster, starting with Joan Armatrading

... And from friends in the strangest (and highest) of places!

Happy Seventieth Birthday, Bob - for he's a jolly good fellow!